On Fuse #8, blogger and children's librarian extraodinaire, Betsy Bird has created a list of her 100 favorite books of the year, including 28 fiction picture books, 6 fairy tales, and a bunch of interesting non-fiction too. It's a great list, and I agree with her picture book picks entirely--of the ones I've read so far, that is.
Meanwhile (thanks to 100 Scope Notes), here are three mock Caldecott lists: one, two, three. As I've said before, nothing *really* stands out to me this year, not like The Lion and the Mouse did last year. But there are some awesome choices, like:
+ Paris in the Spring with Picasso (below), by Joan Yolleck, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman--who won for her Hot Air, reviewed here, in 2006.As well as two of my favorites from the year: All Things Bright and Beautiful by Ashley Bryan and Henry in Love by Peter McCarty.
+ A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip Christian Stead (which will be reviewed next week)
+ Allen Say's new The Boy in the Garden, which I have not seen anywhere, but am dying to get my hands on, because, as you know, Allen Say is amazing (above).
+ Two new Christmas books, which I will try to review next week: Rachel Isadora's 12 Days of Christmas and Laura Castillo's Christmas is Here, which takes its text from the King James.
|Paris in the Spring with Picasso|